Tues 21st April, 2020
Technically today was day two of studying interior design. However, after all the introductions and set-up admin yesterday it felt more like day one. An Orientation Day of sorts. But if you’re wondering how Day 2 of the KLC Online Residential Interior Design course went – I’m happy to report that it was really fun!
I learnt all about basic sketching techniques which means I spent most of the day drawing. A perfect way to spend a sunny Tuesday in Manchester. I’m also trying to snack less after my Easter chocolate blow out, so it was a good excuse to keep my hands occupied. (Anyone else snack like crazy during online lectures and tutorials?)
I started off with rough sketches of different patterns and textures. The idea was to get used to different pencils, pens, markers and crayons. As though the universe knew what I was up to, not one but two of my Amazon deliveries arrived just in time. A pack of new Winsor & Newton Promarkers and a box of Derwent Studio coloured pencils. Sadly for me, the sketch pad, grey lead pencils and eraser are yet to show up. So I had to make do with what I could find around my in-laws’ house.
On a side note, it’s really hard to find stationery during COVID lockdown. All the sketch pads were sold out and I had to source my pencils from someone on eBay because they were basically extinct everywhere else! I can’t wait to get back inside a real life art shop one day.
Lessons about sketching and perfectionism
Throughout the day I slowly worked my way up to finishing with a still life sketch, with a focus on getting the shading spot on. I didn’t help myself by setting up in a room with two light sources on either end. Not to mention choosing two glass objects despite learning earlier in the day that I can’t actually draw glass very well.
Thanks to this, I was pretty quick to discover that despite all my optimism yesterday, today I quite frankly did not enjoy my perfectionist tendencies. And contrary to what I wrote in my optimistic frenzy, it really slowed me down today.
I mean, this is only project 1B so I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on myself just yet. I’ll keep working on the perfectionist thing. The most important thing is that I had such a fun day. After going to university for 4 years studying commerce way back when, sketching definitely does not feel like study.
Why oh why didn’t I choose a less practical and more interesting university degree when I was younger?!
Looking forward to another day of ‘studying’ interior design tomorrow!